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Whats wrong with my viewfinder?

When I look through the view finder it shows blurry images.It is not dirty or foggy, it just doesn't focus. But when I take a photo the image is perfectly clear. Help?

I have a related problem with my S5iS model. I have just taken it in for a warranty job as it has difficulty focussing. I previously had an S2iS and it was great. I upgraded to the 5 and while I am still happy I notice I have to press the shutter halfway a few times to manage a good focus. I had none of this trouble with the 2 model. At least you are lucky in a way to have good pics but it would be frustrating to get the view out of focus. Have you tried looking in your menu and making sure the image stabiliser is working or maybe try disabling it and then doing a test picture.

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  • nortoncillo Dec 19, 2008

    check if the viewfinder surfase isn't scratched, mine get scratches from the lil side bag i was using to carry it with me, now i'm looking for spare part, or polish liquid to erase them

  • rande Jan 13, 2009

    Mine is the same way. The viewfinder is blurry **** the screen is fine. Makes it very hard to tell if the lens has focused.

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Try adjusting the viewfinder diopter. It's a little wheel next to the viewfinder that adjusts to your eyesight.

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